Legal Affairs and Human Rights


PACE rapporteur reacts to executions in Japan

“The death penalty is never justice, however horrifying the original crime, it is simply wrong,” said Yves Cruchten, the General Rapporteur on abolition of the death penalty, reacting to news of a series of executions in Japan. More

Rapporteur concerned by renewed detention of Chechen human rights defender, urges his release

Egidijus Vareikis, rapporteur on protecting human rights defenders in Council of Europe member States, has expressed concern at the prolongation of the detention on remand of Oyub Titiev. More

Rapporteur seeks anonymous information on Daphne Caruana Galizia murder

Pieter Omtzigt, rapporteur on the investigation into the assassination of Daphne Caruana Galizia in Malta, has been authorised to receive information from anonymous sources and to protect their identity. More

Smolensk crash: Russia should hand over the aircraft wreckage to Polish authorities ‘without further delay’

Pieter Omtzigt (Netherlands, EPP/CD) The PACE Committee on Legal Affairs and Human Rights considers that the Russian Federation should “hand over the wreckage of the Polish Air Force Tu-154 to the competent Polish authorities without further delay”. More

Rapporteur concerned at adoption of so-called ‘Stop Soros’ law

Yves Cruchten has expressed concern at the adoption by the Hungarian Parliament on 20 June of a package of laws criminalising the work of NGOs who help asylum-seekers and migrants. More

Rapporteurs welcome Belarus court decision to suspend and review death sentences

PACE rapporteurs Yves Cruchten and Andrea Rigoni, have welcomed the recent decision of the Supreme Court of Belarus to suspend and review the death sentences of two men while their appeals are pending. More